Patti LaBelle Pays Tribute to Tina Turner With Soul-Stirring 2023 BET Awards Performance
  • Patti LaBelle forgot the words to Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” during the BET Awards tribute to the iconic singer, but she had a reason for it.
  • “What if I can’t see… the words… I don’t know?” LaBelle, 79, ad-libbed early into the song, clearly squinting to see the teleprompter situated in the back of the theater.
  • One video shared on Twitter showed that the teleprompter containing the lyrics was blocked by audience members. “I’m tryin,” expressed LaBelle.
  • LaBelle’s struggle was one of the few issues in the three-and-a-half-hour show. The awards celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with several fast-paced performances.
  • Do you think Patti LaBelle should’ve learned the words prior to the performance?